Joseph Gordon-Levitt believes the future of storytelling is video games and not movies

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has said that video games will be "the future of storytelling" as opposed to feature films when it comes to immersive technology. 

As spotted by GameSpot, the Inception actor recently appeared as a guest on First We Feast's Hot Ones Youtube show. Host Sean Evans asked Gordon-Levitt what filmmaking innovations he's most excited about in future on account of his interest in immersive technologies and the experiences they create. 

"The future of storytelling, it's gonna be video games," Gordon-Levitt said. "I don't really think it's really gonna be filmmakers who figure out how to do that. But it [games] feels like the most groundbreaking storytelling… Storytelling that's like, completely in a whole different realm than anything we've seen before. I don't think it's necessarily going to be the "feature film" form." 

During E3 2018, Ubisoft revealed it would be partnering with Gordon-Levitt's online company HitRecord to commission creators to make content for Beyond Good and Evil 2, which did receive some backlash at the time. More recently, Ubisoft once again collaborated with HitRecord to call for commissions for fan-made songs to be featured in Watch Dogs Legion.

In Hot Ones, Evans asks the guest a series of questions while they both eat wings with hot sauce that gets increasingly spicy with a higher Scoville rating. You can watch Gordon-Levitt steadily start to hit the heat wall as he talks about other topics such as his Magic: The Gathering card collection, his thoughts on the strongest Jedi in Star Wars, and working on Inception. 

A fan of Gordon-Levitt's role in Inception? Find out where we put the film in our list of the best Christopher Nolan movies ranked


Heather Wald
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I started out writing for the games section of a student-run website as an undergrad, and continued to write about games in my free time during retail and temp jobs for a number of years. Eventually, I earned an MA in magazine journalism at Cardiff University, and soon after got my first official role in the industry as a content editor for Stuff magazine. After writing about all things tech and games-related, I then did a brief stint as a freelancer before I landed my role as a staff writer here at GamesRadar+. Now I get to write features, previews, and reviews, and when I'm not doing that, you can usually find me lost in any one of the Dragon Age or Mass Effect games, tucking into another delightful indie, or drinking far too much tea for my own good.